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Publicis Modem CEO Jean-Philippe (JP) Maheu
Jean-Philippe (JP) Maheu
16 Ratings

Pros
  • very good at allowing work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Chelsea Market is nearby so the food is good (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • New business is lacking- it would be nice to win some pitches to mix things up (in 5 reviews)

  • Very top heavy (too many VPs) and not enough middle management (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Nice People/Poor Leadership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Publicis Modem full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people I worked with were all great. Most of the junior level people worked their asses off and we always had a lot of fun. The work/life balance was really good and the office is located right by the Chelsea Market so you've always got top-notch food nearby.

    Cons

    The more senior and the "creatives" were pretty frustrating to be around, as they always had an air of superiority about them and generally wouldn't even look at most people. The leadership while I was there was all over the place from what I could tell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time to point out the people behind the scenes that are making everything happen rather than just putting the 'creatives' on a pedestal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Squandered Talent

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Publicis Modem

    Pros

    * Pay isn't entirely abysmal
    * Coffee and tea are supplied
    * I worked with some truly good, kind people

    Cons

    * Company infrastructure is outdated and nonmalleable
    * Upper management's fallout wafts to lower levels
    * Reluctance to augment staff with temporary freelancers takes a heavy toll on resources

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Publicis Modem is privileged to host some of NYC's top talent, and they return the favor by burning their resources at both ends. Projects are often account management-heavy, and the tendency to fulfill every last-minute client demand without a reserve of temporary help places unreasonable pressure on site staff.

    In my time there, I witnessed some incredible feats by dedicated team members. The gratitude expressed to these individuals was inversely proportional to their performances. Going above and beyond was unfortunately a consistent expectation instead of an occasional scenario.

    Advice: don't be afraid of the mothership. Consider that company infrastructure is not "one size fits all," but subject to environments by branch. Implement changes that improve employee sustainability.

    Please also realize that we understand and empathize with personality clashes and errors. However, don't rely on others to compensate for issues perpetrated by those with executive-level hourly rates.

  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Soul crushing.

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    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Publicis Modem full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    If there were any they would be listed here.

    Cons

    Backward thinking agency that will most likely not make it past another 5 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Digital Strategist

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    Former Employee - Digital Strategist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Strategist in New York, NY

    I worked at Publicis Modem full-time

    Pros

    Very nice office.
    Good salary and benefits.
    Some talented creatives.

    Cons

    Worse work environment ever. It seemed everybody want to get away. Very high turnover. No leadership. Mediocre clients. Look for something else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tear it all down and start over

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Love it!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Publicis Modem

    Pros

    its a fun place to work filled with great people

    Cons

    you must be able to work in a fast paced environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    loved everyone i worked with

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. PubMo is making strides

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Publicis Modem

    Pros

    PubMo has brought in some strong leadership over the past few months and continues to be a place where employees are often more like close friends than just co-workers.

    Cons

    Positive change in areas of need could still happen faster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing forward, we are making headway!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Much better than the rumors make it seem

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Publicis Modem

    Pros

    great people, awesome office, sense of camaraderie in spit of the difficulties within the office, sense of community, desire to turn the place around

    Cons

    been a hard year, lots of turn over, hard to get a raise, unclear on how to get promoted, hard to service the client given how leanly staffed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep being transparent, share the information as you have it, even if it might change, too great a sense of the unknown to keep people confident in the org

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Amazing People; Infrastructure Changing for the better

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Publicis Modem

    Pros

    I have never worked with such great people; everyone is friendly and supportive. It is fun to go to work and hang out with your friends. Internal mobility is a huge plus - if you want onto a different account, management is pretty supportive. Lots of changes have been made in recent months and it feels like things will definitely improve for the better. Also, the office is awesome.

    Cons

    New business is lacking- it would be nice to win some pitches to mix things up. Sometimes there is confusion as to who does what when it comes to the senior team. For example, it is often that someone may not know who their boss is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More feedback and evaluations of employees would be helpful and encouraging. People want to know how they are doing and what they can improve on.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. The new people at Modem are making a difference. they get it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Publicis Modem

    Pros

    benefits, hours, new leadership, compensation, opportunity to integrate with Publicis

    Cons

    difficult clients and limited creative opportunities
    need new business

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Going through a lot of change

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Publicis Modem

    Pros

    autonomy, trust, ability to do new things regadless of level

    Cons

    low moral makes it frustrating.

    Disapproves of CEO

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